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Coventry   1 - 2   Norwich

Coventry 1-2 Norwich

Coventry 1-2 Norwich

By Paul Fletcher
BBC Sport at the Ricoh Arena

Grant Holt scored both goals as Norwich won at 10-man Coventry to move above their play-off rivals and up to fifth in the Championship table.

Holt had headed his team in front before Marlon King equalised with a fierce strike, but the Canaries skipper smashed home the decisive goal late in the match after being left unmarked at the far post.

Norwich saw their six-game unbeaten run ended by Portsmouth last weekend but deserved their victory against a Coventry side that lost Aron Gunnarsson in the opening half when he was sent off for a late challenge on Henri Lansbury.

The Canaries were the more accomplished and inventive side but the Sky Blues, who had not conceded in their previous four games, played with great desire throughout and almost snatched a point in injury time when substitute Freddy Eastwood struck the woodwork from a tight angle.

It was a contest played on a freezing afternoon and the groundstaff deserved great credit for ensuring the pitch was clear of snow on a day when many other fixtures were postponed.

The conditions undoubtedly had an impact on the quality of the match, with clear-cut chances at a premium.

Coventry, who now face tricky fixtures against QPR and Cardiff, ought to have been awarded a penalty in the opening minutes after Norwich defender Michael Nelson clipped the heels of Clive Platt as they pursued a loose ball.

But after that it was Paul Lambert's Norwich who showed the precious few glimpses of quality in attacking areas.

Simeon Jackson escapred the attentions of James McPake with a sharp turn but got too much purchase on his shot, lifting the ball over both Keiren Westwood and the crossbar.

Westwood then had to be alert to prevent Chris Martin from latching on to a teasing cross, while the recalled Korey Smith shot wide with a low drive.

Coventry looked to play the ball to strikers Platt and King as quickly as possible, with their team-mates feeding off their knock-downs.

But the Canaries dealt comfortably with the danger and the home team's prospects of victory were dented when Gunnarsson saw red for his late tackle on Lansbury.

There did not seem to be any malice or intent but the midfielder had his feet raised as he challenged for the ball.

Norwich dominated possession and territory after the restart but the Sky Blues remained resolute and organised - and they really ought to have scored through Richard Wood, but he headed wide from six yards at the far post.

It proved a costly miss as Holt, back in the Norwich side after suspension, was left unmarked to head Russell Martin's cross beyond Westwood from close range to open the scoring.

Smith shot wide for the visitors at the end of a precise build-up and Westwood denied Holt, but for all Norwich's pressure it was Coventry who struck next.

Norwich defender Elliot Ward challenged King after Michael Doyle's long ball up field but lost his footing and the Sky Blues striker closed down on goal before smashing the ball beyond John Ruddy for his second in three games.

It looked as though his effort would earn his team a point but Holt struck the winner in the dying minutes before Eastwood struck the woodwork.

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Saturday, 18 December 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Coventry 1-2 Norwich FT
(HT 0-0)
  • King 73
  • Holt 64
  • Holt 87

Coventry

  • 01 Westwood
  • 02 Keogh
  • 06 McPake (Eastwood 90)
  • 24 Wood
  • 30 Cameron yellow card
  • 07 Bell yellow card (Cranie 46)
  • 08 Doyle
  • 17 Gunnarsson red card
  • 09 King
  • 19 McSheffrey
  • 22 Platt yellow card (Jutkiewicz 80)

Substitutes

  • 23 Ireland,
  • 15 Cranie,
  • 26 Clarke,
  • 40 Thomas,
  • 10 Eastwood,
  • 11 Jutkiewicz,
  • 29 O'Donovan

Norwich

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 02 R Martin
  • 05 Nelson
  • 22 Ward
  • 12 Lansbury
  • 15 Fox yellow card
  • 18 Smith (Askou 90+2)
  • 19 Lappin
  • 09 Holt
  • 10 Jackson (Hoolahan 67) (McNamee 81)
  • 16 C Martin

Substitutes

  • 13 Rudd,
  • 33 Askou,
  • 36 Habergham,
  • 14 Hoolahan,
  • 24 McNamee,
  • 30 Tudur-Jones,
  • 23 Johnson
Ref: SarginsonAtt: 15,230
COVENTRY
NORWICH

Possession

  • Coventry 51%
  • Norwich 49%

Attempts on target

  • Coventry 7
  • Norwich 12

Attempts off target

  • Coventry 5
  • Norwich 7

Corners

  • Coventry 2
  • Norwich 9

Fouls

  • Coventry 14
  • Norwich 8
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:37 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+4:17 Michael Doyle crosses the ball, save by John Ruddy.
  • 90:00+4:06 Centre by Freddy Eastwood, Russell Martin makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+3:19 The official flags Chris Martin offside. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:00 Substitution Jens Berthel Askou joins the action as a substitute, replacing Korey Smith.
  • 90:00+1:41 Effort from inside the area by Freddy Eastwood hits the post.
  • 90:00+1:12 Freddy Eastwood is caught offside. John Ruddy takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+0:25 Henri Lansbury produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 90:00+0:01 Freddy Eastwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Grant Holt. Russell Martin takes the free kick.
  • 89:14 Substitution Freddy Eastwood joins the action as a substitute, replacing James McPake.
  • 88:47 Foul by Nathan Cameron on Anthony McNamee, free kick awarded. Anthony McNamee takes the direct free kick.
  • 88:47 Booking Nathan Cameron goes into the book.
  • 86:58 GOAL - Grant HoltCoventry 1 - 2 Norwich Grant Holt finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Coventry 1-2 Norwich.
  • 86:54 Corner taken by David Fox from the left by-line played to the near post.
  • 85:35 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Chris Martin.
  • 85:13 Henri Lansbury takes a shot. Keiren Westwood makes a save.
  • 84:16 Centre by Russell Martin, save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 83:11 Shot from just outside the area by Gary McSheffrey misses to the left of the target.
  • 82:18 Marlon King takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
  • 81:54 Chris Martin takes a shot. Blocked by James McPake.
  • Correction - 80:22 Substitution Anthony McNamee joins the action as a substitute, replacing Wesley Hoolahan.
  • 80:22 Substitution Anthony McNamee is brought on as a substitute for Wesley Hoolahan.
  • Correction - 79:35 Substitution Clive Platt leaves the field to be replaced by Lukas Jutkiewicz.
  • 79:35 Substitution Lukas Jutkiewicz is brought on as a substitute for Marlon King.
  • 79:23 The ball is delivered by David Fox, Richard Wood makes a clearance.
  • 78:58 Wesley Hoolahan crosses the ball.
  • 77:39 A cross is delivered by Simon Lappin, Keiren Westwood makes a save.
  • 77:25 The ball is crossed by Simon Lappin.
  • 76:29 Wesley Hoolahan takes a inswinging corner.
  • 76:03 Outswinging corner taken by David Fox, clearance made by Richard Keogh.
  • 75:56 Simon Lappin produces a cross, Nathan Cameron makes a clearance.
  • 75:11 Centre by Marlon King, Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance.
  • 74:22 Chris Martin has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 72:29 GOAL - Marlon KingCoventry 1 - 1 Norwich A goal is scored by Marlon King from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Coventry 1-1 Norwich.
  • 71:57 Richard Keogh takes a shot. Grant Holt gets a block in.
  • 71:31 Elliott Ward takes a shot. Keiren Westwood makes a save.
  • 67:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary McSheffrey on Korey Smith. Free kick taken by Russell Martin.
  • 67:02 Effort on goal by Korey Smith from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
  • 66:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Wood on Russell Martin. Wesley Hoolahan delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance by James McPake.
  • 66:17 Substitution Simeon Jackson goes off and Wesley Hoolahan comes on.
  • 63:59 Russell Martin provided the assist for the goal.
  • 63:59 GOAL - Grant HoltCoventry 0 - 1 Norwich Grant Holt grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Coventry 0-1 Norwich.
  • 61:52 Foul by Clive Platt on Elliott Ward, free kick awarded. Elliott Ward restarts play with the free kick.
  • 61:05 Chris Martin takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Doyle.
  • 60:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Elliott Ward on Clive Platt. Gary McSheffrey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 59:24 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Fox, Header from close range by Michael Nelson misses to the right of the goal.
  • 58:55 Korey Smith takes a shot. Blocked by James McPake.
  • 57:32 Outswinging corner taken by David Fox from the right by-line played to the near post, Grant Holt takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 57:09 Chris Martin takes a shot. Martin Cranie gets a block in.
  • 54:49 Corner taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey from the right by-line, Richard Wood has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 54:41 The ball is sent over by Marlon King, Michael Nelson gets a block in.
  • 53:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Martin on Richard Wood. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
  • 53:03 The ball is swung over by Simon Lappin, Richard Wood makes a clearance.
  • 51:22 Henri Lansbury handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Keiren Westwood takes the direct free kick.
  • 50:54 Inswinging corner taken by David Fox from the left by-line, Richard Keogh makes a clearance.
  • 50:35 Korey Smith takes a shot. Richard Keogh gets a block in.
  • 49:55 Inswinging corner taken by David Fox from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Marlon King.
  • 49:48 The ball is sent over by Simon Lappin, Richard Keogh gets a block in.
  • 49:03 Martin Cranie takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.
  • 47:54 Russell Martin sends in a cross, Grant Holt takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 47:17 Centre by Simon Lappin, Keiren Westwood makes a save.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • 45:01 Substitution David Bell leaves the field to be replaced by Martin Cranie.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:05 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 45:00+2:28 Russell Martin crosses the ball, blocked by Michael Doyle.
  • 45:00+2:21 Centre by Simon Lappin.
  • 45:00+0:17 Centre by Chris Martin, save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 44:54 David Bell takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.
  • 44:24 The ball is crossed by David Bell, Elliott Ward makes a clearance.
  • 41:10 Marlon King challenges Grant Holt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Simon Lappin restarts play with the free kick.
  • 41:10 Booking Clive Platt receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 39:34 Corner taken right-footed by David Bell, save by John Ruddy.
  • 39:16 Michael Doyle takes a shot. Blocked by Elliott Ward.
  • 39:12 The ball is crossed by David Bell.
  • 38:38 The ball is crossed by Marlon King, clearance by Elliott Ward.
  • 37:21 Henri Lansbury is caught offside. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
  • Correction - 34:25 Aron Gunnarsson challenges Henri Lansbury unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Simon Lappin.
  • Correction - 34:25 Sent off Aron Gunnarsson receives a red card for serious foul play.
  • 34:25 Foul by Aron Gunnarsson on Henri Lansbury, free kick awarded. Simon Lappin restarts play with the free kick.
  • 34:25 Sent off Aron Gunnarsson shown a red card.
  • 32:36 Chris Martin produces a cross, clearance by Richard Keogh.
  • 31:46 Chris Martin crosses the ball, save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 30:07 Shot from just outside the penalty area by Henri Lansbury misses to the left of the target.
  • 30:01 Russell Martin sends in a cross, Nathan Cameron makes a clearance.
  • 29:43 David Bell crosses the ball, save by John Ruddy.
  • 28:56 Gary McSheffrey has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 28:05 David Fox challenges Gary McSheffrey unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Bell delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
  • 25:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simeon Jackson by Nathan Cameron. Free kick crossed by David Fox, clearance made by Clive Platt.
  • 25:15 The ball is crossed by Richard Keogh.
  • 24:36 David Fox challenges Gary McSheffrey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary McSheffrey takes the direct free kick.
  • 24:36 Booking David Fox is cautioned.
  • 23:41 Unfair challenge on Henri Lansbury by Michael Doyle results in a free kick. Henri Lansbury restarts play with the free kick.
  • 21:57 Unfair challenge on Simon Lappin by David Bell results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Elliott Ward.
  • 21:57 Booking Booking for David Bell for unsporting behaviour.
  • 21:29 Henri Lansbury crosses the ball, clearance made by Michael Doyle.
  • 20:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Henri Lansbury by Gary McSheffrey. John Ruddy takes the free kick.
  • 20:19 Aron Gunnarsson delivers the ball, Henri Lansbury manages to make a clearance.
  • 19:31 Marlon King takes a shot. Michael Nelson gets a block in.
  • 18:22 Russell Martin crosses the ball, Nathan Cameron makes a clearance.
  • 17:42 Gary McSheffrey is ruled offside. Russell Martin restarts play with the free kick.
  • 16:36 Foul by Marlon King on Elliott Ward, free kick awarded. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 16:01 Shot from just outside the penalty area by Korey Smith misses to the left of the target.
  • 15:42 The ball is sent over by Chris Martin, clearance by James McPake.
  • 14:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Henri Lansbury on David Bell. Nathan Cameron restarts play with the free kick.
  • 13:00 Clive Platt concedes a free kick for a foul on Elliott Ward. John Ruddy takes the direct free kick.
  • 12:16 Henri Lansbury challenges Aron Gunnarsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Gary McSheffrey.
  • 10:51 Effort on goal by Simeon Jackson from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 9:14 A cross is delivered by Gary McSheffrey, save made by John Ruddy.
  • 8:49 Foul by Korey Smith on David Bell, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
  • 7:22 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Fox, save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 7:15 The ball is swung over by Grant Holt, clearance by Richard Keogh.
  • 6:48 The ball is swung over by Russell Martin, save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 5:51 Chris Martin takes a shot. Save made by Keiren Westwood.
  • 5:42 Simon Lappin delivers the ball, clearance made by James McPake.
  • 4:44 A cross is delivered by Richard Keogh, clearance made by Elliott Ward.
  • 4:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Cameron by Korey Smith. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
  • 3:16 Aron Gunnarsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Fox. Direct free kick taken by Michael Nelson.
  • 1:10 Clive Platt is caught offside. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The match begins.

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 18 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 QPR 21 22 41
2 Leeds 22 4 38
3 Cardiff 21 13 37
4 Swansea 22 9 37
5 Norwich 22 5 36
6 Coventry 22 4 34
7 Reading 21 7 30
8 Nott'm Forest 20 7 30
9 Derby 22 6 30
10 Watford 21 5 30
11 Doncaster 21 -2 30
12 Burnley 20 6 29
13 Barnsley 20 -4 29
14 Millwall 21 3 28
15 Portsmouth 20 1 28
16 Leicester 22 -7 28
17 Ipswich 22 -5 27
18 Hull 21 -4 26
19 Bristol City 21 -6 26
20 Sheff Utd 21 -11 25
21 Middlesbrough 22 -11 21
22 Crystal Palace 22 -16 21
23 Scunthorpe 20 -12 20
24 Preston 21 -14 19


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